An Analytical Viewer's
Guide to :
Season 2, Part 3
Episode 11, Season 2
The Heart Attack
Plot Summary-George thinks he is having a heart attack,
turns out he needs his tonsils out even though he already had them out when he
was young. Fearing an operation, George lets Kramer take him to a holistic healer
who proceeds to make him even sicker. Jerry tries to figure out what he wrote
late at night when he heard something funny, and Elaine becomes attracted to
George's doctor and goes on a date with him, only to have it revealed that he
has a fetish for tongues, causing her to break up with him.
Best Quote-“Meningitis? Scoliosis? Lupus? Is it Lupus?!”…..George
Nitpick of the episode-The whole ambulance scene is totally
absurd. First of all, why is George purple? Second, why are the ambulance
drivers fighting over Chuckles? And it’s not little argument, they are fighting
like mad dogs about this. Way over the top. Then they stop the ambulance and
get out having a fist fight. Really?????? The ambulance winds up crashing, and
we get the hilarious site gag of Jerry in a neck brace. Groan!!!!!!!!!!!
Seinfeldism of the episode- Maybe the first time we hear
about a real life product, Chuckles, too bad it’s so lame!!!
Deleted Scenes-There was a whole sub-story with Elaine and a
Reader’s Digest which got cut, the opening was originally longer.
Episode Fun Fact-Larry David puts in his first of several on
screen cameos, he did many appearances and voice’s over the course of the
Final Thoughts-Here it is, the one episode I dreaded having
to watch when I decided to do these. Simply put, I HATED HATED HATED this
episode! The first time I saw it, I couldn’t believe what I was watching. It is
just so ridiculous. Ok, to be fair I can understand how the idea of George
thinking he is having a heart attack could be funny, and the first scene in
Monk’s is pretty good, but, wow! A holistic healer? I already complained about
the ambulance scene, and then the fact George needs his tonsils out is just
dumb (and I am not even getting into the whole growing back thing, maybe they
can I don’t know). For a series that is supposed to about real life, this doesn’t
come close. Nothing in this episode works. The characters don’t even feel
right, Elaine’s story is just gross, and Jerry’s story just falls flat in the
Grade=F (think I explained why)
Episode 12, Season 2
Plot Summary- George impulsively quits his job, and then
regrets the decision. Jerry convinces him to go back as if nothing happened but
he gets fired. George plans to get revenge on his boss by drugging him and
spoiling a big anniversary party. Meanwhile, Jerry thinks he lost money at a Laundromat
and Kramer schemes to dump cement into a washing machine as revenge.
Best Quote-“Why pass up the opportunity to go to prison?”…..Elaine
Nitpick of the episode-And the guy didn’t realize what
Kramer was doing because????
Seinfeldism of the episode-George decides to slip his boss a
“mickey”, Jerry doesn’t want to mix his clothes with Kramer’s because “my guys
don’t know your guys”.
Deleted Scenes-None in this episode.
Episode Fun Fact-Larry David actually did quite his job at
SNL and then walked back in, but it worked out for him. Also, this episode is
the first time we hear about Newman. We don’t see him, only hear him. In the
original air for this show Larry David did the voice but when the episode was
syndicated Wayne Knight redubbed the dialogue, so he would always be Newman.
Final Thoughts-This episode has a very relatable premise,
who hasn’t wanted to get revenge on someone who did them wrong? Since its
Seinfeld, both attempts backfire and Jerry and George are the one’s burned. But
that is the way the show worked. The only problem is that Kramer and Elaine don’t
really have stories; they are part of Jerry and George’s story. Although we do
get out first mention of Newman.
Grade=B-, Not bad at all.
Episode 3, Season 13
Plot Summary-Jerry and Elaine try to find a way they can
remain friends but also pursue a sexual relationship. It doesn’t work out very
well, after Jerry gives Elaine a bad birthday gift they decide the relationship
isn’t working. Jerry and George discuss the situation Jerry decides he has to
try again. The last scene is Elaine coming out of Jerry’s bedroom. George and
Kramer have no story.
Best Quote-“Now you listen to me. I want details, and I want
them right now. I don’t have a job, I have no place to go. You’re not in the
mood? Well you get in the mood!”….George to Jerry
Nitpick of the episode-I have to say, Elaine sure doesn’t
hold up her end of the deal.
Seinfeldism of the episode-Jerry and Elaine try to find a
way to keep “that” (their sexual relationship) from interfering with “this”
(their friendship). Ok, you need to see the scene to appreciate this one.
Deleted Scenes-None in this episode.
Episode Fun Fact-This is the only Seinfeld episode to have a
scene with real emotion, when Jerry and Elaine discuss the ending of their
physical relationship. Also, in the scene where Kramer gives Elaine the bench
Jerry’s door keeps opening and closing between shots.
Final Thoughts-This episode has a
lot of funny moments. First the very well done scene where Jerry and Elaine try
to work out their arrangement and then the scene in the coffee shop when Jerry
tells George about what happened is a classic George moment. However, the romantic
story kind of bogs down the show. If you ever wondered why Jerry and Elaine
didn’t get together, just watch this episode. It changes the whole dynamic. The
creators must have realized it to, because despite how this show ends in the next
episode Jerry and Elaine and once again just friends.
Grade=B+, Not bad but definitely an early episode
Just 3 episodes this week as we conclude season 2. The
season started slowly, but after Seinfeld moved behind Cheers on Thursday’s the
show took off. Thankfully, season 2 did well enough that NBC ordered a full
season for the next year. Next week, we will begin our look at season 3.